Gunfights raged in Kyiv as President Zelensky warned ‘our fate is being decided NOW’ from his bunker

The UKRAINE president has warned that tonight will be “the hardest night” for his country to date since the start of the conflict, in a chilling address to his nation.

Speaking from his bunker in besieged Kyiv, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned: “Ukraine’s fate is being decided right now”, as he said “the enemy” will “take action” tonight.

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warns Friday night will be'the hardest'


Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warns Friday night will be ‘the hardest’Credit: Rex
Kyiv faces second night of Russian shelling


Kyiv faces second night of Russian shellingCredit: PA
An apartment complex in Kyiv was hit by a Russian missile on Thursday night


An apartment complex in Kyiv was hit by a Russian missile on Thursday nightCredit: Getty

“This night will be the most difficult. The enemy will attack all. We must endure. The night will be difficult, but the sunset will come,” he said in a televised address.

He added: “This night will be harder than the day. Many cities of our state are under attack: Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv, our boys and girls in Donbas, southern cities, especially special attention to Kyiv.”

“We cannot lose capital,” said President Zelenskyy.

A defiant Zelenskyy said he was at the top of tyrant Vladimir Putin’s hit list as he warned that Ukraine’s battle-hardened fighters would face a long and hard night.

However, he warned the Putin bully that Friday night will prove “very difficult” as Russia looks set to use all available forces to break Ukrainian resistance.

He told his nation in an emotional speech during the battle: “We must persevere tonight.”

It follows a similar warning from Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko that Friday night will be “very difficult” for the city of nearly 3 million people.

“The situation now – without exaggeration – is threatening for Kyiv,” he said. “Night, near morning, will be very difficult.”

Just before 12:30 a.m. Ukrainian time (10:30 GMT), there were reports of gunfire in Kyiv.

Ukraine’s Defense Ministry called on Kyiv people to make their own petrol bombs to repel Russian invaders.

More than 10,000 rifles were given to ordinary people in the city as part of the last campaign to defend the capital.

Earlier on Friday, Russia accused of bombing kindergarten After photos surfaced showing the school in the eastern Ukrainian city of Okhtyrka “besieged by bodies”.

The bodies of at least two adults were seen lying outside the “Sunshine” nursery in a pool of blood as people crouched beside them.

The front of the building – which houses the sandpit, play area and slide – appears to have been blown away with shutters scattered across the ground.

Kyiv Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba accused Russia of war crimes and said his government was putting together a report to send to The Hague.

In another disturbing video, a Russian tank was filmed driving a moving car in Kyivcompletely crush it.

This night will be the hardest night

Volodymyr ZelenskyyPresident of Ukraine

It backed out of the vehicle before normal people could free the driver from the crushed vehicle using axes and other tools.

Miraculously, the elderly man behind the wheel survived the horrifying incident. Gunfights raged in Kyiv as President Zelensky warned ‘our fate is being decided NOW’ from his bunker

Bobby Allyn

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